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Hollinsummer Program
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9707
Roanoke, VA 24020-1707
(800) 456-9595
Fax: (540) 362-6218


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Hollins University
Luke T. Johnson
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(607) 351-1425
Fax: (540) 561-2325


Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop
Hollins University
Christine Powell
P.O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6229
Fax (540) 561-2325

Tinker Mountain Visual Arts
Hollins University
Brittany Foutz
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6021
Fax (540) 561-2325

Volleyball Clinics
Bill Shook
Hollins University
P. O. Box 9553
Roanoke, VA 24020-1553
(540) 362-6329

Sample Daily Schedule
7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 11:30 am
Riding lessons
11:30 am - 12 pm
Horse care
12 - 1 p.m.
1:30 - 5 p.m.
Field trip or guest speaker
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.
Evening activities: crafts, movies, swimming, and more

Additional Registration Forms
Transportation Form (PDF)
Medical Information Form (PDF)
Cell Phone Policy (PDF)
Photo Release (PDF)
Day Camper Pick-up (PDF)
Equine Activity Release/Waiver (PDF)




Office of Admission

Riders Who are Going Places

For more information, contact Samantha Polito at (540) 362-6212 or spolito2@hollins.edu.

This camp offers riders the opportunity to learn more about hunter/jumper riding, barn management, and the care of horses from experienced college instructors. The camp offers riders of varying (intermediate and advanced) levels the opportunity to gain knowledge and self-confidence throughout the week. Participants will enjoy the outstanding equestrian amenities used by Hollins' nationally known and award-winning riding team, as well as take field trips to off-site locations such as a local breeding farm and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. The week will conclude with a Saturday morning showcase and picnic farewell for parents and family members.

Note: Campers who register and pay the nonrefundable $200 deposit by March 1, 2014, will receive a 20% discount. If you register and pay the deposit by May 1, you’ll receive a 10% discount. All payments are due in full by June 15. If your full payment is not received by that date your registration will be canceled and your deposit will not be refunded.

July 20-26


Rising 9th-12th graders

(Residential only)




Nancy PetersonNancy Peterson, Director of Riding

Peterson received a B.A. from Roanoke College and has been at Hollins since 1972. She has received many awards and honors including: Inducted into the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame (2012); inducted into the Virginia Horse Center Hall of Fame (2008); IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (five times); Horseperson of the Year (2004) VHSA; Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2006); Susan Hagan Award (2004); Andrew M. Montgomery Award (1998); Virginia Horse Show Association; Roanoke Valley Horse Show Hall of Fame (2001); hunter coordinator, Roanoke Valley Horse Show; board of directors, Virginia Horse Center; Horseperson of the Year (1995), VHC; Virginia Horse Council; past president, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association; board of directors, Virginia Horse Show Association, and past president, Roanoke Valley Horsemen's Association; Hall of Fame, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Hollins University (2011).


Sandy GeraldL. M. (Sandy) Gerald, Head Coach

Gerald received a B.S. from Louisiana State University. He is a respected course designer and USEF "R" judge. Among his many awards and honors are: Virginia Horse Show Association's Susan H. Hagan Memorial Trophy; seven-time ODAC Coach of the Year; inducted into the Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association Hall of Fame, 2006; VHSA Horseman of the Year, 2006, 1992 (making him only the second person in the history of the VHSA to earn the honor a second time); current president, VHSA; Board of Directors, VHSA, 1987-present; Andrew Montgomery Award 1987; President, Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association 1996-97; current president, IHSA Zone 4, Region 2.


Liz CourterLiz Courter, Associate Head Coach

Courter received an A.A. degree from Southern Seminary and has been a riding instructor at Hollins since 1982. Her awards and honors include: Guy Burkholder Memorial Sportsmanship Award (2007); ODAC Coach of the Year (three times); Southwest Virginia Hunter/Jumper Association board of directors (two terms).




Elise RoschenElise Roschen, Stable Manager, Assistant Director of Riding

Roschen received her A.A. degree from Southern Seminary and has been a riding instructor at Hollins since 1986. She is a consultant and advisor to many barns in Virginia, as well as a successful breeder of hunters including the 2013 Four Year Old Champion of the International Hunter Futurity. She received the IHSA National Championship Horse Show Sportsmanship Award in 2007.